Illness vs Alienist - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between illness and alienist
is that illness
is (countable) an instance of a disease or poor health while alienist
is an expert in mental illness, especially with reference to legal ramifications.
(countable) An instance of a disease or poor health.
(uncountable) A state of bad health or disease.
* (instance) sickness
* (state) sickness
* See also
(obsolete) An expert in mental illness, especially with reference to legal ramifications.
* 1923 , Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Adventure of the Creeping Man’, Norton (2005), page 1644
* 1927 , , Arrow, 2008, page 72
- “Speaking as a medical man,” said I, “it appears to be a case for an alienist . The old gentleman's cerebral processes were disturbed by the love affair.”
(obsolete) A psychiatrist or psychologist.
- There was probably not an alienist in the land who, having listened so far, would not have sprung at George and held him down with one hand while with the other he signed the necessary certificate of lunacy. But Molly Waddington saw deeper into the matter.